Welcome to the official website for the Austin, Texas, White Cane Day celebration. Check back often to see what's been added.
The 2014 T-shirt design contest is underway! Read the 2014 Call for Artwork (Word 2010 document) for all the details of the shirt design contest. Note that the DEADLINE is Thursday, May 15, and the shirt design will be chosen at the May 22 meeting of the committee. See the file for the guidelines and where to submit entries. Good luck!
It is time again to plan for this year's White Cane Day celebration and events. Meetings will be held at the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center, 4800 N. Lamar Blvd., in Austin. Meetings will be in the Gym Basement and will start at 10:15a. The next meeting will be on Thursday, May 22. Come and help make the 2014 White Cane Day bigger and better than last year.
If you have missed a meeting of the WCD Committee, check here to find out what has been happening. Files will either be in Microsoft Word 2003 or 2010 formats.
The 2013 Sponsors (Word 2010 document, 15 KB) has been posted. Download the linked document and be sure to check out and thank all of the sponsors on White Cane Day.
Here are the images and description for this year's shirt.
Here is a list of some of the media coverage, whether it be online or otherwise, that White Cane Day has gotten:
On Facebook: Yes, you can now find White Cane Day on Facebook. Be sure to visit the official White Cane Day Facebook page and become a friend or fan of White Cane Day!
On 8/19/08, the National Federation of the Blind issued the following press release. There doesn't appear to be any closing date on the offer, so it's assumed that it is open from now on. Read on for details on how you can get a free white cane.
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), has launched an initiative to ensure that any blind person in the United States and Puerto Rico who needs a long white cane will have one, regardless of their ability to pay. The NFB will provide a free cane to anyone in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico who is blind or has low vision and who uses or desires to use a white cane in order to travel independently. This historic initiative is the largest effort ever of its kind to provide white canes to individuals who are blind or have low vision.
The long white cane provides an effective means for blind students to get to school, blind adults to get to work, and blind seniors to remain active.
It is estimated that 109,000 of the 1.3 million legally blind people in the United States use a white cane. By supplying canes free of charge, this program provides the opportunity for all blind Americans to have a white cane and to participate fully in society.
The National Federation of the Blind will provide a straight, light fiberglass cane to any blind individual in the United States or Puerto Rico who requires the cane for personal use. Canes are available from between 53 and 69 inches. Individuals may only request one free cane in any six-month period.
Click here to Apply for a free cane from the NFB.
Here are some sites with information on the history of White Cane Day and the white cane.
View past shirts for White Cane Day
Need a cane? Here's a list of places that sell them:
If you have any questions or comments about White Cane Day, this site, or the Austin celebration/events, then email:
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